Business Books - Five Books to Read Before You Start Your Own Business

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This book was written by Napoleon Hill at the request of Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie wanted to understand why some people became rich and others, with the same background and opportunity, didn't. Hill carried out over 500 interviews and came up with a series of principles that need to be followed to ensure you achieve riches. In summary Hill said it is essential that you have a burning desire to achieve your goal - it is no use just wishing for something. Once you have your burning desire you must plan a way of achieving that goal and follow through on that plan no matter what. Finally, you must not consider failure - it just isn't an option.

Following these principles religiously is what is necessary for you to choose a definite goal and place all your energy, all your willpower and all your effort to the achievement of that goal. Leave yourself no way of retreat. Think to yourself that you have to win, or perish in the attempt. Only by doing so will you attain a burning desire to win and that is essential for success at anything. Wishing alone will not bring riches. You must desire riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession. You must then plan definite ways and means to acquire riches, and back those plans with persistence. Lastly, you should not recognize the possibility of failure.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen

The core to The Slight Edge is to do a little bit more everyday and that slight edge will soon bring amazing results. In the book Olsen tells the story about a choice 2 brothers were asked to make. They had to choose either a penny a day doubled every day for a month or $1 million now. Which would you choose? Most people opt for the $1million now..... But actually that is the wrong option - one penny, doubled every day for a month adds up to $10,737,418...and 24cents. That little bit is The Slight Edge. The Slight Edge teaches that every step you take either moves you closer to your goal or further away from it. This book is written in a very easy readable style - it even tells you about reading development books (read 10 pages a day and in a year you will have read...)

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

The book is the story of the author who had two fathers: Rich Dad - the father of his best friend and Poor Dad - his real father. Both fathers are interested in helping the author achieve success but have different approaches. Poor Dad, who was head of education for the State of Hawaii, believed in getting good grades, a good job, promotion and save for retirement. Rich Dad also believed in education but in financial education - how to make money work for you, taking advantage of business and tax laws to make money. The book has a series of lessons for the author to understand so he can become wealthy.

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

This book is one of the first books on the Law of Attraction and should be read as such. The best summary of the book is written by Wattles himself in the preface to the book: "THIS book is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were reached."

The 45 Second Presentation That Will Change Your Life by Don Failla

Don Failla and his wife Nancy have spent the last 40 years in the network marketing business and this book explores some of the basic techniques they have employed. The basic premise is that until some is prepared to learn the basics they will never succeed and the basics will last as long as someone stays in the industry. Don bases his his whol approach on what he calls the "napkin presentations" - there are ten of them and each should be a 45 second presentation. A very readable book that explains the basics of network marketing and is a must read for anyone looking at MLM as a business.